Sale and Disposal of National Forest System Timber; Forest Products for Traditional and Cultural Purposes
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing to formally implement Section 8105 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill; Public Law 110-246, 122 Stat. 1651). The 2008 Farm Bill’s Section 8105(a) gives the Secretary of Agriculture discretionary authority to provide free of charge to federally-recognized Indian tribes any trees, portions of trees, or forest products from National Forest System lands for traditional and cultural purposes. In accordance with Section 8105(b), the trees, portions of trees, or forest products provided under Section 8105(a) may not be used for commercial purposes.
The Forest Service published a Proposed Rule in the Federal Register (79 FR 44327) on July 31, 2014. The Proposed Rule provided an opportunity for public review and comment, for a 60-day period ending on September 29, 2014. Twelve written comments from 10 letters were received in response to the Proposed Rule.